As a fashion and beauty editor, brand consultant and the blogger behind Fashion Me Now, it makes sense that Lucy Williams’ taste in holiday destinations is as stylish as her wardrobe - which is to say, very stylish indeed. Read on to find out about the eco-boutique hotels, fresh lobster dinners, and Pink Piranha cocktails that London-based Lucy enjoyed during her recent trip to Goa in West India.
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We were after escapism and sunshine at the end of October and Goa fit the bill.
Who were you travelling with?
My boyfriend Jamie, whose camera skills are to thank for our hoard of beautiful photos from the trip.
How did you get there? How was the journey?
We flew with British Airways from London to Mumbai, and from there we flew Jet Airways to Goa. It was a pretty long journey and ended on a low when we realised our luggage had been left in Mumbai. So we spent the first 36 hours rushing around getting documents signed and stamped to get our bags back. We thought at one point we were going to have to travel back to Mumbai to get them but thankfully it didn’t come to that. I’ve never been happier to see my suitcase than when the bags finally touched down in Goa!
Where did you stay?
We stayed in three different places across 10 days. In hindsight that’s quite a lot, but it did mean we packed in some wonderful places.
First up was Vivenda dos Palhacos, a beautiful Portuguese-style guesthouse that was the perfect place to unwind after our long journey. The staff and food were fantastic and we were both plotting a longer return stay before we’d even left.
From there, we went to eco-boutique hotel Yoga Magic near Anjuna. Their tents weren’t up and running at that point, so we stayed in one of the two suites and had the place to ourselves aside from one other couple. We loved the organic, vegetarian food served on our own private terrace every evening. Daily yoga and a grotto-like pool completed the feel-good picture.
Last but not least, we ended our trip on the stunning beaches of Elsewhere near Mandrem. We spent our days living the desert island dream, moving from hammock to beach and back again.
How did you get around?
As we were only there for a short period of time, we mainly relied on taxis.
What was the best meal you ate?
So difficult to say as we had such great food all week! The fresh lobster we had on our first night at Vivenda was the perfect antidote to our lost-luggage debacle and every night under the white canopy of Elsewhere’s restaurant, feet buried in the sand, eating fish curry, felt really special.
What were you reading on the beach?
Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. That and his other novel Freedom were two of my favourite books from 2012.
What was the nightlife like?
We were there to totally unwind so were pretty boring in terms of nightlife! Plus, it was slightly off-season when we went so much quieter than the new year period. Pink Piranha cocktails at Vivenda’s truck stop bar were an evening highlight though.
What were you glad you’d packed? What do you wish you’d left behind?
As always I overpacked, so I just wish I’d packed a bit lighter!
What was your holiday beauty essential?
Lancaster After Sun, Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur and my go-to sun protection, The Sun Mousse. Plus, pure Citronella oil on ankles and wrists is great at keeping mosquitoes at bay.
What do you wish you’d known before you went?
We didn’t realize that going early in the season meant some things such as restaurants and markets weren’t yet open. I think this is a good excuse to go back though!
Where are you off to next?
We’re off to Tulum in April for 10 days. I think anyone who follows me on Pinterest can tell how excited I am already - I keep bombarding people with pictures of white sandy beaches!